Online shopping, retail S-REITs and Starhill Global REIT.

Online shopping is gaining strength rapidly and even an IT dinosaur like AK buys stuff online. From my own experience, I would say that online shopping is attractive because of two factors: 1. Convenience. Delivered to my home with either very competitively priced delivery fee or free delivery. 2. Cheaper. For the same item, I have saved as much as 30% buying online than buying in a brick … [Read more...]

Portfolio Update: March 2017

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This can be considered a flat month although the total value of the portfolio increased by about $3,000 to end up at $393,000. The appreciating SGD against USD and HKD mitigated some of the stock market gains and it’s interesting that the consensus I sense is that the market appears more frothy than 2 years ago.That’s when the STI was near 3,500 compared to 3,200 right now. But the difference is … [Read more...]

What Am I Supposed To Gain From Trading The Financial Markets?

Many traders would like to make money from the market. That’s the main objective isn’t it? Are there other things that one can gain from trading the markets? Personally I would say “Yes”. To me, the trading of the financial markets means more than just making money off the market.  There are many areas that have provided invaluable lessons and sparks in my life that make life stronger and more … [Read more...]

Straits Times Index attempting a breakout

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  Straits Times Index attempting a breakout Straits Times Index continued to its bullish streak while US Federal Reserve announced its first interest rate hike for this year. The week was first greeted with cautiousness as many chose to stay sidelines ahead of the announcement of the interest rate hike last Wednesday. Some traders anticipate the possibility of bearishness ahead of the … [Read more...]

Economists raise Singapore growth forecast for 2017: MAS survey

Economists have raised their forecasts for Singapore’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2017, according to a survey by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) unveiled on Wednesday. The median forecast of 23 economists surveyed in mid-February pointed to a 2.3% GDP growth this year. This is an improvement from the 1.5% growth forecasted in the previous MAS survey published in … [Read more...]

KFC founder got rejected 1009 times at age 65

This will be a short post that I hope to inspire readers. Recently when I tried to order Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) online, I wondered how come the logo consists of a picture of an old man. Why not a picture of the founder in his prime? It was then I found out that the KFC founder, Colonel Sanders, got rejected 1009 times at age 65 before he found success. Colonel Sanders was forced to start … [Read more...]

THREE STOCKS INVESTORS MUST KNOW BEFORE SG MARKETS OPEN

Before the local Singapore stocks market opens on 20 Mar 2017, these are the two stocks which investors must know: 1) Kimly Group stock Kimly Group stock is making a debut on the Singapore stocks markets. The coffee-shop operator stock is the first stock of such a nature to be listed on the local bourse. Kimly Group stock IPO is around 8.3 oversubscribed and this points to the strong demand … [Read more...]

Vested In This Marine Counter!

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(I wanted to do an extensive post on this counter. But the sudden rise in its share price make me feel that I should just post what I know first.) While communicating about investing with my superior over lunch one day, he stated that he was looking at the marine industry as he felt the marine industry has hit a bottom and a turnaround was near. Although I dismissed this idea straightaway, … [Read more...]

Giveaway: The Future is Female Conference Tickets

Do women make better investors than men? What "special" feminine traits or instincts might we have that could potentially give us an advantage over our male counterparts? While investing success doesn't necessarily boil down to gender differences - whether biological or psychological - there's no denying that it has been mostly the men who have been receiving recognition for their investing … [Read more...]

Understated gains from Saizen REIT.

For a while, I have suspected that ASSI has stalkers but the following can only happen because this stalker happens to be a friend. If he were just any other reader, I would freak out. Reader: I believe you made in mistake calculating your gains from Saizen.  Just letting you know. You see if you want to amend. "How much space is enough?" AK: I checked the numbers again. You are … [Read more...]

EZRA STOCK: BANKRUPTCY!

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EZRA has filed for bankruptcy in the US states yesterday (19 Mar 2017). This was the latest development following the trading halt in Ezra share last Wednesday. I am not too familiar with how bankruptcy of local stocks in Singapore will proceed and more importantly whether there will be a possibility shareholders of Ezra stock would get back their capital or even some monies. It seems to me even … [Read more...]

Give Your Child Fish Or Teach Your Child How To Fish

As parents we set real life examples for our children to learn from us and hopefully they will follow the right thing from us. Does it make sense to use CPF to be a long term endowment for your kids? One participant asked 2 questions a long the lines of: could we contribute more to our CPF SA, above the minimum sum limit and take advantage of the 4% interest is it a good idea to … [Read more...]

Lesson from Ezra Bankruptcy: Asset Rich, Cash Flow Poor

By now, some of you would have read Ezra's filing for bankruptcy protection in the United States. Previously a billion dollar company, Ezra's fall from grace was due to the fall in oil prices. Nevertheless here are a few things we can learn from it. 1) Cash/Cashflow is key One reason for Ezra''s decision to file for bankruptcy was due to its inability to pay creditors. The reason was simple … [Read more...]

Challenging Times Ahead for Starhub’s Dividends

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When M1 announced its results in end Jan, I went to buy both M1 and Singtel, but I did not buy Starhub. The conventional wisdom is that between M1 and Starhub, Starhub would be better able to manage the competition from the fourth telco, as it has Pay TV, broadband and enterprise fixed services besides mobile services. That is true provided the other business segments are generating stable, … [Read more...]

Stock Incubator — Nordic Group

On 17th Mar 2017, I decided to divest 48.39% stake of my Nordic Group share at $0.32 netting me a capital gain of 207.60%, 19.95% of dividend return (excluding the final dividend of 0.731 cents being announced) and a total gain of 227.45%.  Bought into Nordic Group in 2014 under the Stock Incubator portfolio the divestment will translate into an annualized capital gain of 45.43%, annualized … [Read more...]

How much did AK make from Saizen REIT?

Dear AK, I just started following your blog this year. So many gems! Thanks for resharing your Saizen REIT blog post from 2015 on Facebook. It just tells me how much more I have to read in your archives! I might regret asking this but how much money did you make from your investment in Saizen REIT? AK: Don't worry, you can ask. I won't bite your head off. Whether I give you the … [Read more...]

Hard Not To Fall Into Wow Factor In The Cyber World

Two very young investors; look younger than Uncle8888's two older children stayed back to chat with him on that night and leading to this discussion - The Wow Factor! Uncle8888 shared with them his experience with Wow Factor when he was newbie in the stock market! In Uncle8888's early days; there was no personal blogs and chatboxes; but there were public forums and chat rooms where many … [Read more...]

Loading up on my War Chest

I have previously done a post about ‘spring cleaning’ my stock portfolio on 5 March 2017 (read here). With equity valuations looking a bit rich, I reckon it would be good to raise the percentage of my cash holdings. On 11 Feb 2017, I did a short post on an update to my portfolio. The percentage of my Savings & SRS (cash) then was at 13%. Earlier on 4 Sept 2016, the percentage of Savings … [Read more...]

Taking care of my own busyness

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It happened again. I had lunch with an ex-colleague back from that phase in my life when I served my corporate duties and built up the foundation of my finances. TACOMOB: “How are you?” CORPORATE WARRIOR (CW): “Busy.” TACOMOB: “Busy with what?” CW: “Busy with work, what else?” TACOMOB: “Why are you not busy with life?” CW: “Actually, I am busy all of the time.” TACOMOB: “What … [Read more...]

WHICH STOCKS TO BE PRIVATISED NEXT?

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The news that M1’s three largest shareholders are reviewing their stakes in M1 has led to speculation on the possible privatization of M1 stock. M1 stock responded in return, soaring some 7.9% on 17 Mar 2017 before the trading halt of the stock. It was reported that talks of potential divestment of listed Telco firms has come as early as last year as the major Telco players brace themselves for … [Read more...]